Jeff Bocan

Partner at Okapi Venture Capital LLC

Jeff Bocan

Jeff Bocan

Partner at Okapi Venture Capital LLC

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Shenzhen Yimada Technology Co. Ltd.

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Managing Director at Beringea LLP

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Head-New Business Development at Relume Technologies, Inc.

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Principal at Beringea LLP

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Chief Executive Officer at Plymouth Management Co.

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Chief Executive Officer at Shout! Factory LLC

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Co-Founder, Senior Managing Director at Beringea LLC

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President, Founder at Shout! Factory LLC

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Co-Chief Executive Officer at Shout! Factory LLC

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Founding Partner at Beringea LLP

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Jeff Bocan
Partner at Okapi Venture Capital LLC
Education
B.A. in Government & Sociology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

MBA with High Honors

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs.The Darden School improves the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge.The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, the highest-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop principled and complete leaders.

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, UVa, or Virginia) is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819. UVA's initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Monroe owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland. His law office and farmhouse are now the site of Brown College at Monroe Hill, a residential college at UVA. UVA is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report's National University Rankings, the school was listed as America's 2nd best public university; tied with UCLA and surpassed only by UC Berkeley.

Career History
Partner
2016 - Current

Okapi Venture Capital invests in emerging businesses in the information technology and life science sectors. The firm focuses on the following sectors: (1) biotechnology (2) diagnostics (3) Internet (4) healthcare information technology and services (5) material sciences (6) medical devices (7) semiconductors (8) software and (9) wireless. They are particularly interested in companies that offer multidisciplinary opportunities with the potential to capitalize on the convergence of multiple technologies. The firm manages the Okapi Ventures I LP, a venture capital fund that invests in seed and early-stage information technology and life science companies primarily in start-up companies located in Southern California with an emphasis on those located in Orange County. Okapi Venture Capital looks for capital efficient companies with differentiated technologies that target large, addressable, growing markets and that have clear business and financial objectives. The firm invests in start-up companies prior to their Series A financing. Investments typically average $2.5 million over the life of the company, although the firm may also make investments less than $1 million when appropriate.

Instructor, I-Corps Program
Tenure Unconfirmed

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. We fulfill our mission chiefly by issuing limited-term grants -- currently about 11,000 new awards per year, with an average duration of three years -- to fund specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system. Most of these awards go to individuals or small groups of investigators. Others provide funding for research centers, instruments and facilities that allow scientists, engineers and students to work at the outermost frontiers of knowledge. NSF's goals--discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nation's research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities, and support excellence in science and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization. We like to say that NSF is "where discoveries begin." Many of the discoveries and technological advances have been truly revolutionary. In the past few decades, NSF-funded researchers have won more than 200 Nobel Prizes as well as other honors too numerous to list. These pioneers have included the scientists or teams that discovered many of the fundamental particles of matter, analyzed the cosmic microwaves left over from the earliest epoch of the universe, developed carbon-14 dating of ancient artifacts, decoded the genetics of viruses, and created an entirely new state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate. NSF also funds equipment that is needed by scientists and engineers but is often too expensive for any one group or researcher to afford. Examples of such major research equipment include giant optical and radio telescopes, Antarctic research sites, high-end computer facilities and ultra-high-speed connections, ships for ocean research, sensitive detectors of very subtle physical phenomena and gravitational wave observatories. Another essential element in NSF's mission is support for science and engineering education, from pre-K through graduate school and beyond. The research we fund is thoroughly integrated with education to help ensure that there will always be plenty of skilled people available to work in new and emerging scientific, engineering and technological fields, and plenty of capable teachers to educate the next generation. No single factor is more important to the intellectual and economic progress of society, and to the enhanced well-being of its citizens, than the continuous acquisition of new knowledge. NSF is proud to be a major part of that process.

Prior - 2014

Beringea LLC provides investment advice services. The company was founded by Charlie P. Rothstein in 1980 and is headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

Relume Technologies, Inc. designs and manufactures LED lighting products. Its products include parking garage lighting, decorative post top lighting, roadway lighting, pedestrian lighting, flood lighting, wall pack lighting, signage, poles, adaptors, tenon, and bullhorn. The company was founded by Peter Anthony Hochstein in 1994 and is headquartered in Oxford, MI.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Shout! Factory LLC provides music compilations, retro-television re-issues, and movies. It offers serve up classis, contemporary, and cult television series, sports programs, live music, animation, and documentaries. The company was founded by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos in 2003 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

mophie, Inc. designs and manufactures accessories for mobile devices. Its products include battery cases, portable batteries, holsters, cables, rubber cases, device stands, and speakers. The company was founded by Daniel Huang and Shawn Dougherty in 2006 and is headquartered in Tustin, CA.

Board Director
Current

Michigan Venture Capital Association operates as a non-profit trade organization designed to bring together venture capital industry participants in the state of Michigan. The company was founded by 2002 by Terry Cross and David P. Weaver in 2002 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI.

Political Donations
$250
2008

Former President of United States

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